My life is summed up in a wirebound calendar and I love it!

I've been droning on this week about prioritizing.  

If you don't get a handle on your life, your fertility progress will be hindered.  I can guarantee you that.  Cuz I see it all the time with patients.  

So I'll share with you how I prioritize my day.

Granted it's a bit different from yours since I work from home 3 days a week.  I don't have a typical 9 to 5 job.  However, the ideas will apply to you regardless.

I have a paper calendar.  Archaic, yes.  But very effective. There's something about taking a pencil and physically crossing off what I've done that's immensely satisfying. It's totally psychological.

Electronic calendars are fine.  

At night, schedule out everything for your next day.  Every activity takes a block of time.  Breakfast, meditation, exercise, shower, lunch, taking a dump (some people take so long it actually requires it to be scheduled for!), meetings, work stuff, etc.  Every single time slot from the moment you wake up until you go to bed is accounted for.

Notice that I said wake up, not get out of bed.  The idea is to kill that snooze button habit you've developed.  That's just a terribly unmotivating way to start the day.  Wake up and do something.  Create a morning ritual that you look forward to so you're excited for the new day!

By disciplining yourself enough to calendar everything, it automatically prioritizes your responsibilities.  From there, you can decide whether it's important enough to keep on your schedule.  If not, erase/delete it and put something else in that will expand you.  

Maybe Game of Thrones can wait for the weekend so you and your partner can go for an after-dinner walk.  Or how about slotting in time to cook dinner together instead of checking FB when you come home from work?  

Anyways, the point is that if you take control of the limited hours in your day, you will realize the areas you're spending time in will either move you forward or backward (cuz you've lost time to something that hasn't improved your life).

Mindfulness...

That's it for now.  I'm gonna check this off my calendar and move on to my next activity.  Taking a shower!  That's my reward for finishing this email.  

Oh, that reminds me.  Reward yourself after an activity that requires brainpower (yes, these emails do stretch my few neurons) with something that's relaxing.  Alternate mental tasks with no-brainer activities to keep your energy up.

Hope today's email was helpful.  If you think so and have a friend in overwhelm while trying to get pregnant, have her sign up for my daily emails at zenfertility.com/top10.

Been working on creating more content for online fertility coaching program when I re-launch in November.  Stay tuned!

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

The Real Deal:

  • Natural Fertility Coach
  • Licensed Fertility Acupuncturist for 18 years
  • Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
  • B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA

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